604 - Your Educational Choices, Ranked

Episode: 604

Episode Title: Your Educational Choices, Ranked

Where did the 4-year degree rank in a list of six educational pathways? Dead last. Here’s what young people think could be a better value, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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Thanks for tuning in to The Perna Syndicate today! All week, we’ve been talking about the fascinating insights uncovered in a recent study by the Gates Foundation. The goal was to discover why young people are choosing not to go to college—and what they’re doing instead. 


When participants were asked about what types of additional education and training opportunities after high school are the best value, they did not rank a traditional 4-year college degree very highly. 


The number-one choice for overall value was on-the-job training, with almost three-quarters of all respondents choosing it. 70% picked a licensure course as being high in value, and roughly 68% selected professional certification or a verified certificate.


In fifth place ranked the 2-year college degree, with 61% of respondents choosing it as an excellent or good value. Finally, 60% said a 4-year college or university degree was valuable. 


However, when participants were constrained to choose just one of the options, the 4-year degree was chosen by 21%, while 20% selected on-the-job training as the best value. I think it’s pretty evident that the days of college supremacy are all but over. 


Employers especially should take note: the next generation wants to learn while they work. And why shouldn’t they?


Tomorrow: If getting a college degree isn’t a top priority for young people, what is?  We’ll talk about that and more on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!

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